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|Hook Me(Men of Inked #2) by Chelle Bliss|
She grabbed it, looking up at me she asked, “What is it?” as she tore it open.
“Read it,” I said, tapping the folded paper.
She slowly opened the paper; her eyes flickered to me and back to the paper. “Michael,” she said, covering her mouth.
“I couldn’t think of a better owner than you, Mia.” I brushed the small tear that trickled down her cheek.
Tears of joy had never made me feel so kickass. Some of the money came from donations and the rest from my family and I filled the gap personally. We knew that Mia was the perfect person to be the rightful owner of the building, giving her security that the clinic would always be there.
“I can’t believe this, but how?” she said, her eyes moving across the paper, as she gripped it with two hands.
“Doesn’t matter, Mia. It’s yours now.” I grabbed her chin and kissed her.
She jumped in my arms, kissing my lips before kissing my face. I laughed, letting her plant soft kisses on my skin.
“I’m speechless. I don’t know how to repay you for all this,” she said, waving her hands toward the room.
“I can think of a few ways,” I said, squeezing her ass as I laughed.
“I’m sure you will.” She rubbed her nose against mine, giggling.
“Let’s do this then. No reason to wait any longer.” I released her, letting her body slide down mine until her feet hit the floor.
“Ready,” she said, wiping her lips and eyes.
We opened the door, stepping outside to a group of about thirty people including patients, local media, and my family. Mia’s smile was radiant as she waved to the patients that she recognized in the crowd.
‘This is so exciting,” Ma said, grabbing my face, planting a sloppy kiss on my cheek. “And you, my sweet girl,” she said turning to Mia, “thank you for allowing me to be a part of this.”
My ma loved Mia as much as I did.
Mia’s cheeks flushed. “Thanks, Mrs. G. I couldn’t have done it without you.” Mia hugged my ma, giving her a kiss on the cheek.
“Come on, ladies. Let’s cut this ribbon and get the party started,” I said, ready to let everyone in to see the amazing work we did the last two months.
My parents, Mia, and myself all stood in front of the red ribbon with the largest pair of scissors I’d ever seen in my life being held up by Anthony and Izzy. Suzy stood next to Joseph, holding him by the arm as he leaned on his cane. The only person missing was my brother, Thomas.
Flashes from the crowd blinded me as Mia fidgeted at my side. I squeezed her hand hoping to calm her.
My father held his hands up, motioning for quiet. He turned to Mia and nodded.
“I’d like to thank you all for coming. The Gallo family has been kind enough to help give the clinic a new life. They helped raise funds to rehab and bring the facility up-to-date. We’re proud to offer the community the best medical care possible.” Her voice was strong as she spoke.
She was meant for this, meant to be in the spotlight.
“Without their generosity, none of this would be possible. We will have a full-time on staff doctor, a nurse, and a receptionist along with the volunteer physicians that will work in the clinic to meet the needs of all patients. Thank you for coming today and making this moment even more special.” With a beaming smile, she looked at me and winked.
Fuck, I loved her.
The crowd clapped and cheered as we held up the scissors before cutting the ribbon. Flashes illuminated around us as I grabbed her, kissing her as the people in the crowd cheered louder.
“Come on, Doc. Show the people around,” I said.
She smiled at me before turning her attention back to the people. “Come on everybody, I can’t wait to show you all the changes.”
The people entered the clinic with the same shocked expression. Their mouths hung open, their eyes looked around as they turned their head taking in every inch.
Mia showed people round the new exam rooms as I stayed in the waiting room. I watched her walk in and out of the rooms with small groups of people that hung on her every word.
“Is my baby in love?” my mother asked, standing at my side.
I jumped, grabbing my chest. “Ma, you about gave me a heart attack.”
She laughed before resting her head on my bicep. “I see the way you look at her, Michael. You wouldn’t do all this, if you weren’t in love with Mia.”
Heat crept up my chest to my face. “I do love her, Ma.”
“Well then,” she said, clearing her throat, “someone better give me a damn grandchild already. I know I taught you boys about birth control, but for the love of God, you or Joseph better make it happen, and I mean quick.”
“I’ve been practicing,” I smirked as I looked down at her beautiful smile.
“You’ve had enough time for that, you’re getting older, don’t wait too long, Michael.”
“Ma, Joe and Suzy have been together longer and they live together. Put a little pressure on them first, will ya?” I turned, getting a glimpse of Mia before looking back to my mother.
“Oh, don’t worry about that, I am.” She laughed. ”They’re practicing too, plenty from what I hear from your sister. Is Mia coming to the party at the house after this?”
My family was filled with gossips. Nothing stayed a secret for very long.
I swear sometimes my ma used any excuse to have a party. She loved to cook and have everyone over to talk. She hated how quiet the house had become since we moved out. “Yeah, she’s coming. You didn’t invite too many people, did you?”